Reducing Costs for Algae Cultivation

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2017-12-01
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Hart, Darby
Even, Dakota
Kuhn, Kaitlyn
Sanousi, Omar
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Growing energy demand and depleting petroleum reserves, renewable drop in fuels are growing in popularity. Biodiesel is a well known process that has high conversion of fats and oils to usable fuels at moderate temperatures. Microalgae, like the one shown below, can have up to 50% of biomass as lipids making it an incredible oil crop that can fuel the widespread use of biodiesel. Some strains of algae can produce lipids a rate 27-220 times higher than soybeans per acre-year.

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